I have tried top of the line Michelin, Conti and Vittoria and always come back to the Veloflex because of the road feel. Now, *feel* is highly subjective but these tires *feel* fast and inspire confidence under hard cornering. Durability is low but life it too short to ride crappy tires. I get 1500km from the rear and 5000km from the front. Changing tires at these intervals has kept me flat free for the quite some time.
And it works perfectly. Laced a 28h to archetype rims with CX-Rays makes a rock solid 972.5g wheel (with Stan rim tape) for the 162 lb rider. The power readings are stable, the calibration is easy and rapid with the Garmin and I just forget that the hub is not a standard hub on all rides.
Pros: - Excellent fabric, highly breathable, some slight stretch to it. - Cut is OK, not race fit but not baggy either. - Looks classy, not ridiculously like a cycling jacket. The advantage is that the jacket can be worn on the street without screaming "cycling jacket". -362g
Cons: - As others have noted, the zippers blow. The rear zippers are unusable on the bike and require some serious wrestling with off the bike. The front zipper is a tad better but still very hard to operate while on the bike. -Jacket is dark with one small reflective rectangle of reflective material on the back. THIS IS DANGEROUS. I had a close call with a car that did not see me at night coming from the side.
I give it 3 stars but this might be too generous. Seriously considering sending the jacket back.
My only prior experience is with a Minoura Mag trainer so any trainer would be a significant improvement. With this disclaimer out of the way, I love the trainer. It is very stable and set up is a breeze. Take wheel off, put bike in drop outs of trainer. Same effort as swapping a rear wheel. As every review says, the feel of the trainer is spot on. Your body feels like it is riding on the road. No choppiness whatsoever, just perfect buttery smoothness. This is the selling point of this trainer. I moved my Bontrager speed/cadence sensor all the way to the back of the chain stay and can capture speed through the flywheel magnet. The noise level is substantial but the noise spectrum is (just like the road feel) "natural". It sounds like a strong wind, not some appliance going in overdrive.
Not very durable and I am wondering about the whole sticky thing. Do you need sticky bar tape? I ride in the rain with the Fizik Glossy tape and have never felt my hand slip. Maybe because I wear gloves? Durability of the Arundael tape is not high.
Like the Chris King Headset, this is one component you will forget about. And that is the best compliment I could give to a component. It gets out of the way and lets you ride. Hugs bottle just right, does not stain bottles, light.
I love SIDI hoes. Dominator on the MTB, Genius on the road. 42.5 wide fits me perfectly. Durability is superb. Insoles suck but that is true of any cycling shoe. I use the G8 Archtech 2600 insoles for a truly custom fit.
Those Capo gloves are just not performing. WHile the fit was OK initially, after wearing them ~10 times during the past 3 weeks, they have stretched to a point where I am running out of velcro overlap to close the wrist and where the thumb is loose by 1/2 in. My previsous experiences with Capo have been stellar but this glove is a stinker. My educated guess is that the fabric that covers the back of the thumb and extends to the wrist stretches very rapidly.
Me: chest 38, waist 31, 6'2", 160 lbs. M is a good fit but there is plenty of material flapping around. Plenty of space to fit a windstopper jacket underneath. This is a slim fit for showers pass but not Euro slim (which is what I am after, YMMV). This is a super light jacket (225g in M) that can be easily packed into a jersey pocket. The material looks to be very thin and I would be worried about durability.
Me: 38 chest, 31 waist. Medium says chart but M is too tight around shoulder and forearms. Which is funny given that I am nearly 6"2 and 162lb (not much shoulder width of forearm meat on that frame).
I tried the L as well but the room in the lower torso area area was just laughable: I could have fitted a third trimester belly in there.
Jacket "looks" waterproof but there are lots of panels and taped seams which make the jacket much more rigid than it ought to be with Polartec Neoshell. Reflective accents are very nice.
Summary: I *really* wanted to like this jacket but the cut needs some major improving upon. I found the BikeRadar review after trying this jacket and their comments are also that the cut is not adequate for a high end cycling jacket.
Me: chest 38, waist 31. Size chart says M. e-mailed Search and State and they said M. Asked CC and they said M. Result? I can barely put the jacket on and it was a struggle to get it off. The cut does look nice but I have to disagree with the other reviewers about the incredible fit. Maybe if I tried a L. But I won't because of a MAJOR fault of the jacket: it is black with absolutely ZERO reflective material. Hello? I thought that Search and State was based in Manhattan, don't they have cars on the road that need to see cyclists in a rainstorm?